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Takayama

Hida Hideaway The Tokaido Line fast rail route from Tokyo to Kyoto (and on to Osaka) is something of a rat run for travellers to Japan, just as it was during the historic Edo Period when the Tokaido Road between the Shogun's capital of Edo (now Tokyo) and the imperial capital of Kyoto formed a tightly-controlled artery of the ruthless Shogunate regime. Twenty-first-century travellers can detour north from Nagoya, up into the ancient, mountainous Hida region, where the residential streets of Takayama retain much of their 17th-century ambience. Join the Japanese sightseers who tour the historic merchantsí homes and pause to savour the regional sake brews and the local miso bean paste.

The Hido-no-Sato folk village outside Takayama deserves a gallery of its own.

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Not the Shinkansen... it's a Limited Express, heading north from Nagoya
Not the Shinkansen... it's a Limited Express, heading north from Nagoya
Forested hills of the Hida region, from the train
Forested hills of the Hida region, from the train
Valley townships of Hida, seen from the train
Valley townships of Hida, seen from the train
Belltower of the ancient Hida Kokubunji Temple
Belltower of the ancient Hida Kokubunji Temple
Worshippers at Hida Kokubunji
Worshippers at Hida Kokubunji
Approaching the shrine at Hida Kokubunji
Approaching the shrine at Hida Kokubunji
The shrine at Hida Kokubunji
The shrine at Hida Kokubunji
Pagoda at Hida Kokubunji
Pagoda at Hida Kokubunji
Deities at Hida Kokubunji
Deities at Hida Kokubunji
Deities at Hida Kokubunji
Deities at Hida Kokubunji
The Miyagawa River splits the town in two
The Miyagawa River splits the town in two
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Along the Miyagawa River
Bouquet at the morning market
Bouquet at the morning market
Jinya-mae Morning Markets
Jinya-mae Morning Markets
Great big apples for sale!
Great big apples for sale!
Food stand near Jinya-mae
Food stand near Jinya-mae
Takayama Jinya is a 200-year-old government building
Takayama Jinya is a 200-year-old government building
A gate at Takayama Jinya
A gate at Takayama Jinya
Volunteer guide Akane-san demonstrates the kitchen at Takayama Jinya
Volunteer guide Akane-san demonstrates the kitchen at Takayama Jinya
Inside the Takayama Jinya
Inside the Takayama Jinya
Inside the Takayama Jinya
Inside the Takayama Jinya
Inside the Takayama Jinya
Inside the Takayama Jinya
Tatami mat patterns and textures
Tatami mat patterns and textures
Gardens of the Takayama Jinya
Gardens of the Takayama Jinya
Gardens of the Takayama Jinya
Gardens of the Takayama Jinya
Traditional pottery on display
Traditional pottery on display
A reception room within Takayama Jinya
A reception room within Takayama Jinya
Calligraphy remains recognised as an art form
Calligraphy remains recognised as an art form
Persimmons for sale
Persimmons for sale
At the Miyagawa Morning Markets
At the Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Grilled fish kebabs
Grilled fish kebabs
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Miyagawa Morning Markets
Kusakabe Mingei-kan, an historic merchant's home
Kusakabe Mingei-kan, an historic merchant's home
Roof beams of Kusakabe Mingei-kan
Roof beams of Kusakabe Mingei-kan
Doll displayed inside Kusakabe
Doll displayed inside Kusakabe
Interiors of the Kusakabe Mingei-kan
Interiors of the Kusakabe Mingei-kan
Interiors of the Kusakabe Mingei-kan
Interiors of the Kusakabe Mingei-kan
Complimentary green tea!
Complimentary green tea!
Homewares display at the Kusakabe Mingei-kan
Homewares display at the Kusakabe Mingei-kan
Chrysanthemums in bloom
Chrysanthemums in bloom
Chrysanthemums in bloom
Chrysanthemums in bloom
Traditional shopfront in the old town
Traditional shopfront in the old town
An idiosyncratic mailbox evokes the postal runners of the Edo Period
An idiosyncratic mailbox evokes the postal runners of the Edo Period
Traditional shopfront
Traditional shopfront
Traditional shopfront
Traditional shopfront
Two women at their door
Two women at their door
Latticed wooden screen doors and windows
Latticed wooden screen doors and windows
Persimmons as an art form
Persimmons as an art form
Ready to roll
Ready to roll
Beside the Miyagawa
Beside the Miyagawa
Olde-worlde shopfront
Olde-worlde shopfront
Ice-cream and snacks...
Ice-cream and snacks...
Preparing a miso soup lunch
Preparing a miso soup lunch
Serving a miso soup lunch
Serving a miso soup lunch
Lining up to sample local miso paste
Lining up to sample local miso paste
Sake bales stacked outside an artisanal brewery
Sake bales stacked outside an artisanal brewery
Local sake placed on display
Local sake placed on display
Unmistakeably Japanese...
Unmistakeably Japanese...
Traditional sandals
Traditional sandals
Streets of Takayama
Streets of Takayama
Temples in the eastern foothills
Temples in the eastern foothills
Temples in the eastern foothills
Temples in the eastern foothills
Hokkeji Temple
Hokkeji Temple
Hokkeji Temple
Hokkeji Temple
Higashiyama-shinmae Shrine
Higashiyama-shinmae Shrine
Stone tablet outside the Shrine
Stone tablet outside the Shrine
Looking back downhill from the Higashiyama-shinmae Shrine
Looking back downhill from the Higashiyama-shinmae Shrine